November 2012

Nov 05, 2012

Hello members and happy holiday season! We hope you have a great Thanksgiving this month. We are thankful for our Future Forum members and friends and, along those lines, with all of the other upgrades and renovation at the Library, we are working to improve the Future Forum for you. We will be taking the holiday season off from formal events to do some planning, but will be back in the new year with an after-hours viewing of the new Library exhibits and our biennial Future of Texas event with Texas legislators (and more). We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you,

Catherine Robb


Join us at the LBJ Library on November 15 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for an intimate look at the role of First Ladies in a one-day conference The Enduring Legacies of America's First Ladies.  Panel discussions featuring historians and former First Ladies' staff, presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly, and members of the First Families are free and open to the public.  The full schedule, list of panelists, and registration form is available online.

Register online and spread the word to your friends and colleagues!

Please also save the date for an after-hours tour and celebration of the Library's redesigned permanent exhibits on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.



On October 24, Slate columnist and author Sasha Issenberg gave a fascinating presentation on what campaigns have learned from behavioral psychology and how they have adapted their tactics to appeal to voters.  Issenberg also signed copies of his new book The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, released in September.

Photos of the evening are available online; a webcast will be available soon.


Leadership Austin ignites passion for community leadership. Since 1979, we have developed and created community among leaders from all walks of life. We offer programs that explore critical community issues, develop the leadership skills to address those issues, and foster relationships that help facilitate positive, collaborative change in our community.

Upcoming programs include an Engage breakfast exploring the needs of our growing veteran population on November 14.  Visit the Leadership Austin website to learn more or register for an event.


The redesign of the LBJ Presidential Library will offer visitors a rich cultural and historical experience. Until now, we have been the only one of the thirteen Presidential Libraries that has not charged admission. To sustain this vibrant, evolving institution, the Library will charge admission for the first time in its 41-year history when the new exhibits open on December 22, 2012. This decision was made after thoughtful consideration by the LBJ Foundation Board and has the support of the Johnson family. 

Click here for more information about admission fees and the many free holidays visitors can enjoy.  Members of the Friends and Future Forum will always enjoy free admission as a benefit of membership.


The holidays are just around the corner!  Visit The Store at LBJ for a fall open house on November 28 from 4-7 p.m. and find unique gifts for everyone on your list. Jan Reid will be signing copies of his new book, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards.  The Store will also feature art by Janet Campbell and jewelry crafted by Beth McElhaney and Chris Dial. Refreshments will be served and, as always, parking is free. Please register online if you plan to attend.

Please also save the date for Member Discount Week in The Store at LBJ December 3-8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.  You will receive an additional 10% off (20% total) all of your holiday purchases!  If you haven't already, stop by the Store and see all of the wonderful new products they are carrying.

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.


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